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SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2002)

We Will Remember


Bernard A. Johnson, '25 passed away on Dec. 23, 2001. He was born April 22, 1906, in Tropic, Utah, to John Henry and Mary Estella Ahlstrom Johnson. Bernard earned his high school certificate at BAC. He was a cattleman and rancher in the Bryce Canyon area.

Gai C. Jordan, '26 passed away Jan. 17, 2002. She was born Oct. 24, 1904, in Panguitch, Utah, to Mary Matilda Humphries and James Leland Clark. Gai graduated from BAC and then spent many years in Omaha, Neb., and retired with her husband to Sun City, Ariz. She was a member of the Valley West DUP Camp for many years. She is survived by one sister, Mary Alvey, and one sister-in-law, Cleo Clark, and many nephews and nieces including Jeanette Ormond, SUU's director of administrative systems, and Jill Ormond Whitaker ('99 Communication), SUU webmaster.

Alice Fourman Couch, '30 passed away at the age of 88 on March 20, 2001. After graduating from high school at BAC, Alice worked as a secretary. She is survived by her son and daughter, six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Ellis LeRoy Armstrong, '32 passed on Jan. 26, 2001. He was born in Cedar City on May 30, 1914 to LeRoy and May Armstrong. He graduated from BAC with an associates in General Education. He went on to complete advanced studies at USU and Colorado State University. He received a doctorate of engineering (Honoris Causa) at New Jersey Institute of Technology and a doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) at SUSC. His career spanned more than 25 years of government service and 27 years in private practice.
Maxine Pace Mickelson, '32 passed away July 30, 2001. She was born in Cedar City and taught school in Iron County. She is survived by one daughter and many grandchildren.

Owen Sanders, '33 passed away Dec. 24, 2001, after a long illness. He was born to Sarah Amelia Wilson and William Sanders July 16, 1909, in LaVerkin, Utah. Owen was a Hurricane city council member for 12 years. He served one term in the legislature for Washington County and had been a one-man chamber of commerce for the city of Hurricane for many years.

George W. Armstrong, '36, at the age of 83, passed away of an aneurysm on Aug. 20, 2001. After attending BAC where he earned his associate degree in General Education, George went on to USU to receive his degree in agricultural economics and marketing. In 1942 he earned his master's in the same area of study. George decided to go into the egg ranching business in the mid-'40s after reading books about poultry during a four-year hitch in the Army. He began opening chicken ranches throughout the area of Bellflower, Calif. He later moved to Valley Center, Calif., where the family owns 10 ranches.

Homer Hamilton Kearns, '39 passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001. He was born Aug. 31, 1921. Homer was retired from the United States Air Force and served as docent at Castle Air Museum for several years.

Talmage Gordon McDonough, '40 passed away Aug. 16, 2001, at his home due to complications from diabetes. Talmage was born July 29, 1922, to Gordon Talmage and Anne Elizabeth McDonough in Los Angeles, Calif., and was raised and educated in Cedar City. He graduated from high school at BAC. At the age of 17, he joined the Army National Guard, and attended officers training and flight school.

Winona Hunter Cowan, '41 passed away Dec. 22, 2001. She was born March 14, 1921, in Cedar City to Charles R. and Ruth Hall Hunter. She graduated as valedictorian from BAC with an associate degree in General Education. She was on the debate team and won many matches in the western region. She was also a cheerleader. Throughout her life she held many civic positions, including the Shakespearean Festival Board and Cedar City planning committee. She and her husband, Dee Cowan, started Cowan Gifts in '46 which evolved into Hunter-Cowan.

Garth Pollock, '41 passed away on Dec. 22, 2001. He was born in Kanarravile, Utah, to Bryon and Hettie Pollock. Garth served in the Army in WWII, and later, worked as a finance/loan manager. He is survived by his wife, their three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Rex M. Carter, '46-'47 passed away Sept. 5, 2001. Rex was born on Nov. 10, 1926, in Minersville, Utah, to Hayward and Inez Roberts Carter. He served in WWII and received his high school diploma from Milford High School while serving in the South Pacific. He attended BAC and was a championship boxer, receiving one of the first athletic letter awards in the sport.

Louise Adams, '50 passed away in Cedar City on July 12, 2001. She was born on Oct. 3, 1930, in Panguitch, Utah, to Reed Samuel & Nita Lee Henderson. Louise earned her associate degree in home economics. She worked for the telephone company for more than 30 years. She is survived by son Ronald, and his family.

Camille Williams Weir, '51 passed away Dec. 4, 2001, in Kanarraville, Utah. Camille served in the Army WAC as staff sergeant from 1944-45. After graduating with a degree in home economics, she taught elementary school in Henderson, Nev. She later moved to Kanarraville where she and her husband developed Williams Ranch.

Shirley Hughes Harmon, '55 passed away after a valiant battle with cancer on Jan. 8, 2002. After graduating from Beaver High School, Shirley attended CSU. During her life, Shirley worked for the Washington County School District, Zion's Bank and Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Audrey Armstrong Birch, '60 passed away on Sept. 20, 2001. She married Ross L. Birch on Dec. 3, 1967. Audrey graduated from CSU with a degree in home economics. She is survived by her husband, three children, nine grandchildren, her brother, nieces and nephews.

Melvin Franklin Wadsworth, '62-'66, at the age of 57, passed away in his home on Aug. 25, 2001. He played basketball and still holds the record for the most rebounds in one game-27. He will always be remembered as one of the best in the game at SUU.

Dorothy Ann Densley Prince, '72 passed away at the age of 54, Oct. 14, 2001, at her home in New Harmony, Utah. She was born in Bingham Canyon, Utah, to Richard and Lydia Densley. She earned her bachelor's at SUU in business education and a master's at USU. She was a teacher at Dixie College.

Weldon Glover, '76 passed away at his home in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Sept. 1, 2001. He was born in Salt Lake City to Varl and Barbara Madsen Glover. He received his bachelor's in political science.

Kris Jerry Glover, '80-'81, at the age of 39, passed away on Nov. 7, 2001. Kris graduated from Kanab High School where he excelled in athletics. He attended SUSC where he held a record for running hurdles.

Barbara Berrett, '96 passed away on Oct. 28, 2001. She received her master's degree in secondary education from SUU. Barb was education director and display designer at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. She also coordinated various programs in Arizona for SUU and the Utah Shakespearean Festival's Costume Cavalcade. Barb was active in various arts organizations in Utah and Arizona. The Barbara Berrett Memorial Fund has been set up at SUU. For more info, contact the Advancement Office at (435) 586-7775.

Marco Polo Rios-Villasenor, '96 passed away Jan. 5, 2002, at his home in St. George. Marco graduated from high school in El Paso, Texas. He then continued his education at El Paso Community College, Dixie College and SUU, where he was working on his master's in education. He taught at Millcreek High School in the Washington County School District where he was regarded as a positive adviser.


S. Alva Matheson, '25 passed away peacefully in his home on Dec. 23, 2001. Alva taught industrial mechanics at BAC. He was born at the grist mill on Coal Creek at the mouth of Cedar Canyon. He loved the outdoors and had a passion for preserving the history of Iron County. He ran the first electrical power plant by the age of 12, built his own car from parts of seven other vehicles by 14, and flew (and crashed) the first airplane to arrive in southern Utah. Alva loved southern Utah and there was little of it he did not know intimately. We honor him for his contributions to SUU and southern Utah.

James Victor Davis Jr., '41 passed away Jan. 3, 2002, in Cedar City. After graduating from Beaver High, he continued his education at BAC where he earned his associate degree. At the beginning of WWII, he taught Air Craft Engines at USU in conjunction with Hill Air Force Base. He also served in the Navy, based in Okinawa, and honorably discharged in 1946. He then moved his family to Cedar City where he began a career at BAC.

Brent Palmer, '59 passed away at the age of 67 on Sept. 8, 2001. After a successful high school career, Brent served in the Army in Germany. Brent married Lorraine Reynolds ('59) on June 23, 1959. He graduated with an associates degree from CSU, a bachelor's and a master's from USU, and a doctorate from Oregon State University. For 33 years, he was a professor of botany, mycology, and microbiology at SUU. He co-founded the SUU water quality testing lab, directed the regional Science Fair, and worked as a seasonal ranger at Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks, just to name a few of his community activities. He was president of the SUU Emeriti and served on the board for the Heritage Community Center.

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